The Prime Minister's spokesman says David Cameron's personal view is that there should be women bishops and he shares the disappointment of the bishops over last night's defeat on the issue.
But the spokesman stresses that it is "clearly up to the church to decide". He says there are "no plans to change the rules" on the Equality Act, from which the Church of England is currently exempt.
Anger is building in the Commons over the Church of England's decision on women bishops, but what action, if any, can be taken?
The Church of England General Synod voted against allowing women bishops in what the Archbishop of Canterbury called "a missed opportunity".
Today's debate on female bishops is painfully slow but shows the determination of the Church to build consensus and respect their community.